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New women’s action group


Maternity/paternity leave, cost of childcare and flexible working were all discussion points during the Chamber of Commerce panel debate on International Women’s Day. 

The conclusion? Guernsey needs an action group to push for change for women – and the Chamber of Commerce is keen to start one.

In an interview with ITV Channel TV, Di De Garis, Vice-President of Chamber said: “We’ve got this great room full of women who want to make some change happen so we spoke about a call to action, let’s set up an industry group, not necessarily just Chamber, across the different groups, get people involved and try and make some practical changes over the course of the next year.”

To get involved, contact Chamber Executive Team member, Brooke Kenyon –

The panel discussion was live-streamed and recorded. You can watch it here and read the Bailiwick Express article here.

The panel were Di De Garis of De Garis Accounting; Ellie Lawrence, Owner and Director of Flexible Working Solutions; Shelaine Green, Chair of Women in Public Life; and Bella Farrell, CEO of Health Connection. Questions were posed and moderated by Kay Leslie who recently stepped down as Chamber’s Executive Director.







Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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